Young Professionals Symposium

A One Day Symposium for High School Students Interested in the Music Education Profession

The North Carolina Music Educators Association’s Tri-M and Young Professionals Committee is excited to host its first annual Tri-M Day in conjunction with the Young Professionals Symposium, which occurs during the NCMEA Annual Conference. The Young Professionals Symposium has a history of providing junior and senior high school music students interested in Music Education specifically tailored sessions and experiences. For the first time, NCMEA is hosting an extension of this event for all high school students who participate in the Tri-M Music Honors Society called Tri-M Day.

Participants for Young Professionals Symposium will begin their day with the Tri-M students to learn about their leadership style and how to advocate for music education. Young Professional students will then participate in specific sessions catered towards entering the music education profession, including a conducting seminar, interview tips and tricks from various NC music education professors, and a beginning teacher music educator Q+A Panel.


Up to 25 applicants are accepted and these individuals must meet three requirements:

  1. Create a satisfactory résumé of their musical activities,
  2. Receive outstanding recommendations from their high school music instructors,
  3. Meet the application deadline.

Students may attend the symposium only once, if accepted, and no more than three students from the same school may apply in any particular year.

Application Information

A complete application for the Young Professionals’ Symposium must include the following:

  • Completed YPS Student Application Form
  • Letter of Recommendation from High School Director
  • Musical resume detailing musical accomplishments and experiences
  • Deadline is Friday, October 28, 2022.

For more information send an email to YPS Chair: Emily AsKew
[email protected]

2022 Tri-M Day/Young Professionals Symposium Schedule

DATE: Saturday, November 5th, 2022
Locations: Terrace 2 and Terrace 3

8:00 AM – 8:50 AM: Check-in/Registration

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM GENERAL SESSION for Tri-M and Young Professionals:
Opening Session, Keynote, and Introductions from Tri-M Team and Students – Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Wagoner, East Carolina University

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM GENERAL SESSION for Tri-M and Young Professionals:
Interactive Session: Brainstorming Efficient Leadership and Tri-M Practices.

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM GENERAL SESSION for Tri-M and Young Professionals:
Group Conducting Workshop and Improvisational Techniques

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM:
Break for Lunch, provided by NCMEA

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM GENERAL SESSION for Tri-M and Young Professionals:
Learning How to Advocate for Music Education: An Interactive Grassroots Session

A: 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM Tri-M:
Learning About Your Leadership Style

B: 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM Young Professionals: Brainstorm and Panel Discussion with Beginning Teachers: All About the Beginning Teaching Process

A: 3:00 PM – 3:50 PM Tri-M: State-Wide Service Project:
Create a video on why music and Tri-M is important to us!

B: 3:00 PM – 3:50 PM Young Professionals: School of Music Audition and Interview Tips and Tricks

4:00 PM – 4:50 PM: Tri-M:
Setting Your Tri-M Chapter Up for Success from the Ground Up

4:00 PM – 4:50 PM: Young Professionals: Q+A Learning from Leaders in All Grade Levels: Elementary General Music, MS Chorus, HS Chorus, MS Band, HS Band, MS Orchestra, HS Orchestra

5:00 PM: Closing Session:
Reflection Time, Chapter of Excellence Named